Location and Interior
The pub is located on High Holborn in the centre of London. It occupies the ground floor and cellar of Penderel House, named after Richard Penderel. At the end of the Civil War, in 1652, he helped King Charles II to escape from Cromwell’s troops by hiding the royal fugitive in an oak tree on his country estate.
The interior is much larger than the exterior suggest with a seating area as you walk in and then the bar set further back inside. The main bar area has a number of booths set against the walls with each having their own bookshelves.
At the rear is a outside drinking area which is not that common in this part of London.
Downstairs is a cellar bar with what is apparently the largest space available for hire in any pub in London.
12 hand pumps are available stocked with a mixture of ale and cider. I visited in October during their 2-week long beer festival and all pumps with a variety of festival ales and ciders.
According to Des de Moor, the pub usually serves more unusual guest ales competed to the majority of other Wetherspoon pubs.
More Photos of Penderel’s Oak
283-288 High Holborn
Tel: 020 7242 5669
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